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Baku (獏, lit. tapir) is a dream-eating yōkai tapir.

Appearance

Baku in the series have the traditional images on the beast in general with elephant-like trunk and tusks, lion-like mane, tiger-like limbs, rhino-like eyes, and ox-like tail.[1]

Personality

History

Manga

In Kitarō's World Obake Tour, soon after Kitarō declared to have a world-tour to defeat yōkai in foreign countries, Baku attacked Kitarō when he was sleeping on a beach in Japan before the trip. Baku took his soul, but Medama-Oyaji as a soul went inside Baku's body and recovered it.

First Anime

Third Anime

They appeared in episodes #19 and #32 and #86.

Fifth Anime

Abilities

Dream Eating: Baku is capable of consuming people's dream to gain. Baku can vanish any attacks by Makura-Gaeshi.

Suctioning: Baku can perform powerful suction with their trunks to capture targets.

Soul Taking: Baku traps a prey within a cocoon and casts an endless dream forever and gradually feeds on the soul of the prey.

Flight

Legend

Either the name or characteristics of Baku in old legends has been confused with the depictions of Giant Panda and Bai Ze.

Tapir in the real world was named Baku according to the legend of Baku.

References

  1. The Anthology of Bai Juyi. vol.22

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